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Q.Other Sites Say Chickweed Shouldn’t Be Eaten

Zone 45601 | bryanmar89 added on April 26, 2020 | Answered

Your article https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/how-to-kill-chickweed-best-way-to-kill- Conflicts with https://www.verywellhealth.com/chickweed-what-should-i-know-about-it-89437 Please double check.

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Answered on April 27, 2020

Chickweed has been enjoyed for generations by many people. (Including myself and family) If you are sensitive to the saponins present or have an allergy to it, I would definitely not consume it. Normally, they are not in enough concentration to harm anyone. Many bean species contain the same saponin groups, as well.

This collegiate study from the Nebraska Extension will give you more information:


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